Music Research Guide: Books

Librarian-selected resources for students of music.

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Tips for Finding Specific Materials

The "Advanced Search" option is recommended for searching music materials

  • Under "Select a database to search," turn off "Academic Search Complete" (which includes journal article citations) by clicking on the "Add/Remove databases" tab
  • Under "Narrow your search," choose "Books" in the drop down menu under "Format"
  • Under "Narrow your search," notice that you may choose to limit your search by holdings in NEIU's library as well as in I-Share (a shared consortium of 90+ research libraries in Illinois), or WorldCat (a database containing more than 2 billion holdings in the libraries in the world)
  • All search limits are optional, so use as many or as few as you need

Books ABOUT a Composer, Conductor, Musician or Instrument

Under "Enter search terms in at least one of the fields below," click in one of the drop down boxes and choose "Subject."  Then enter the person's/instrument's name

Books BY a Composer, Conductor, or Musician

Under "Enter search terms in at least one of the fields below," choose the box with "Author." Then enter the person's name

Keyword Search

For more general searches, enter a keyword search either in the WorldCat Local initial search box (the default search is keyword), or by choosing a "Keyword" search under the "Advanced Search" option

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